Yet of course minorities do emigrate. In the U.S., we are slowly beating it into the political elite`s consciousness that attrition of the illegal alien presence through law enforcement is the alternative to the much-dreaded mass deportations. Three recent examples: the near-elimination of the Protestant minority in Southern Ireland after the 1921 Treaty; the radical reduction of Quebec`s Anglophones after the French-first language legislation of the 1970s; the near-eradication of Middle Eastern Christians.
As it happens, the May 29 Economist Magazine makes this inadvertantly clear in an article, Covering Up: A far-right party takes on the Islamic headscarf, tut-tutting about the Danish People`s Party`s popular campaign to stop public employees displaying Muslim symbols:
One response has come from Danish-born Muslims. A poll by Politiken, a daily, of 315 young Muslim students, found that two-thirds of them were considering emigrating after graduation. Most gave as their reason â€?the tone of the Danish debate about Muslimsâ€?.Of course, it`s distressing to see this degree of compulsion, especially since the cowardly Danish govenment, which depends on DPP support, has decided to ban Christian crosses too. But, as I`ve pointed out elsewhere, immigration is the Viagra of the State - for good and ill.
The DPP is sending a message. And the message is being heard.